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    Rumorpile: Is This The 2014 Corvette's Rear End?


    William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    December 24, 2012

    January 13, 2013 is the date that Chevrolet will reveal to the world the new seventh-generation Corvette. But some leaked images could give us some hints as to what the rear end and interior look like.

    The images are allegedly from a user manual. The Corvette Fourm's member who posted these images cannot vouch for their authenticity, but the images seem to match up with past rumors.

    Starting with the rear end, the images show the new Corvette sharing some design cues from the 2009 Stingray concept. The images also reveal a set of quad tailpipes and uniquely styled taillights.

    Heading inside, the images reveal a new center stack with a large screen, paddle shifters, and a track telematics system that will display lap times, a small GPS map of the track with the car’s position, G forces, gear selection, and 0-60 times.

    We'll see if the images are the real deal or not when the 13th rolls around in a few weeks.

    Source: Corvette Fourm via AutoGuide

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

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    that rear end is pretty cool actually. But this is my opinion, that dash design sucks ass. Really bad. Is it 1994? My God, couldn't they have designed something for this decade? Pitiful. Shame, because those new seats look boss.

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    This C7 seems to be the maximum evolution of the C4 concept, I'm not sure how much further they can take it...

    I honestly prefer the C6 exterior styling which is cleaner. Maybe the C8 will be a radical departure?

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    That rear end is rather cheesy in the details (the fake plastic vents outboard of the taillights, the busy lower panel)...the dash does look like a nod to the early 90s design..and what's up w/ the gauges? Digital? Ugh. trapizoidal taillights?

    Here's the '94, '97, and '05..and '12 looks a lot like the '05 except they went from a 4 spoke to a 3 spoke wheel.

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    ^ How does someone tell that grilled vents are fake from a line drawing? :scratchchin:

    '14 line-drawing dash looks nothing like the '05. That said, none of the 4 interiors shown in this thread are properly indicative of the Corvette image, IMO. I'd like to see something a lot more 'focused' and purpose-driven, stylistically..., more expressive, like the C2 was.

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    ^ How does someone tell that grilled vents are fake from a line drawing? :scratchchin:

    I can't see the point of functional vents there (on a front engined car)... and GM has a precident of fake grilled vents on various cars (ATS, Malibu, etc).

    '14 line-drawing dash looks nothing like the '05.

    No one said the '14 dash looked like the '05...it was said that it resembled the early '90s dash. Agreed the '63-67 had the best dash design, very sporty...the '68-82 looked similar to the '67-68 F-body dash, the '84-90 digital dash was dreadful, IMO...a blocky mess suitable for a truck.

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    Air extractors- GM has a track record of functional versions, too ('49 Buick, Trans Am, GNX, etc). Could be an aero benefit for rear wheel well pressure reduction. If this were a Malibu, I'd agree it'd be fake.

    >>"No one said the '14 dash looked like the '05...it was said that it resembled the early '90s dash. "<<

    I misread you, that you said the '14 dash looked like the '05 when you said the '12 looked like the '05. Apologies.

    '84-90 dash was cool in its day, to a degree, but it aged fast IMO & is nothing to emulate today.

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    We go through this drama at ever C body release. Half love it and Half hate it and in the end they all end up dealing with the changes and accept it.

    The C7 is just a bridge to the C8 that is alreay in the works and will see some major changes as it did with the C1-C2.

    The C6 pissed a bunch off on the no flip up headlamps buy people got over it and moved on.

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    I'm sure it wont look as underwhelming in the flesh. Especially the interior, which likely looks less plasticky when your perspective is something other than a technical drawing. With that said, it does seem to emulate the C4 in layout and design. The exterior seems to be the first radical design change in a while. It's actually somewhat refreshing to see that new hatch and that window design. The taillights are interesting, atleast.

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    The C7 is just a bridge to the C8 that is already in the works and will see some major changes as it did with the C1-C2.

    Corvette generations tend to run around 7-9 years at the least...so is the C7 going to be short lived if the C8 is already started? Seems unlikely we will see the C8 until at least 2020..

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    The C7 is just a bridge to the C8 that is already in the works and will see some major changes as it did with the C1-C2.

    Corvette generations tend to run around 7-9 years at the least...so is the C7 going to be short lived if the C8 is already started? Seems unlikely we will see the C8 until at least 2020..

    Just what someone said on the Corvette team. They said both the C7 and C8 were being worked on at the same time. At the time they said the changes would be evolutionary on the C7 and the changes would be greater on the C8 and a longer development time would be needed.

    It seems that the changing CAFE will force major changes sooner for the Vette. Also I would say the competitive market will make the 9 year changes much shorter. GM can no longer afford years like last year that sold less than 12,000 units and even less this year.

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    Rear end looks a bit weird on the b&w drawings; I'd rather wait to see the whole car as these unconnected bits we've seen so far can turn out to be a cohesive design...

    2014 Corvette debut is Jan 13th, right?

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    I'm sure it wont look as underwhelming in the flesh. Especially the interior, which likely looks less plasticky when your perspective is something other than a technical drawing. With that said, it does seem to emulate the C4 in layout and design. The exterior seems to be the first radical design change in a while. It's actually somewhat refreshing to see that new hatch and that window design. The taillights are interesting, atleast.

    With you on this, BV. I actually think that I'm going to like this design, but we shall see.

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    Motor trend said the 3.6 may be being prepped for use in the C7 likely because of CAFE.

    That could top 30mpg highway I bet. But it would probably be a mid 5's 0-60 car then.

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    Motor trend said the 3.6 may be being prepped for use in the C7 likely because of CAFE.

    That could top 30mpg highway I bet. But it would probably be a mid 5's 0-60 car then.

    Pointless.

    No one will ever buy a V6 Corvette.

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    Because we are talking about Corvette, not Porsche or Nissan.

    If you want a V6, you don't want a Corvette, and if you want a Corvette, you don't want a V6.

    Never the twain shall meet.

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    Got to think outside the box...

    A V6 Corvette, esp. if it's priced lower than the current entry level model, could help Chevy get some Corvette buyers younger than the current model's AARP buyers.

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      The tentative agreement between General Motors and Canadian union Unifor has a $400 million investment going to Oshawa for a new product. Unifor President Jerry Dias said at a press briefing yesterday morning that Oshawa would be the only GM plant that will build cars and trucks. Neither side is saying what that product might be.
      But Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail has learned from sources that Oshawa will be handling the final assembly of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. Truck bodies from GM's Fort Wayne Assembly in Indiana will travel to Oshawa to have interiors installed and final assembly. The Detroit News reports something similar, although their source says it will only be the Silverado.
      Oshawa has a history of building pickups. For four decades, Oshawa was one of the places where GM built the Silverado and Sierra. But in 2009, GM closed the truck plant due to the recession. 
      The Globe and Mail also reports that production of the XTS has been extended at Oshawa. Analysts believed previously that XTS production would end in 2019.
      Source: The Globe and Mail, The Detroit News
    • By William Maley
      Update: In a statement to Mashable, a McLaren spokesperson said "We can confirm McLaren is not in discussion with Apple in respect of any potential investment," So those hoping for an Apple 570S or something else, we're going to be bursting that bubble now. 
      Update 2: Tim Bradshaw, one of the reporters behind the Apple/McLaren story has gone on Twitter saying the FT stands behind its original report. 
      Apple has eyes set on acquiring the McLaren Technology Group - the folks who brought us the F1 supercar and more recently the 570S. The Financial Times reports that Apple and McLaren have been in talks for the past few months about either a full takeover or strategic investment. Why is Apple interested in McLaren? The FT says Apple is interested in McLaren's technology and knowledge of using light-weight materials such as carbon fiber and aluminum. The deal if it goes through is likely to be valued between $1.3 billion and $1.95 billion.
      For the past few years, rumors have been swirling around of Apple building their own self-driving electric vehicle. Apple brought in engineers from various automotive companies such as Diamler and Tesla, and began work on Project Titan two years ago. But the New York Times reports that Apple has hit a few snags in this project and has decided to reset the project. Dozens of employees were laid-off and parts of the project were shuttered. The report goes on to say the Apple is now focusing on building the underlying technology for an autonomous vehicle.
      Sources tell the FT that the deal might not go through because of the change in strategy.
      Apple declined to comment when asked by Roadshow. McLaren hasn't issued a comment at this time. See Update.
      Source: Financial Times (Subscription Required), Bloomberg, New York Times, Roadshow

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